The Chain

A mayor is a symbol and a public face of what a city bureaucracy provides for its citizens. John Hickenlooper, former Mayor of Denver.   It’s tempting to think that American Mayors are very different from their counterparts across the pond. In some ways they are, they tend to have more political power.   But

The Mayor of Hard Times

It’s tough being Mayor.   You have a lot to do, a lot of conflicting pressures and a lot of big decisions to make, it’s hard. But then you can also suffer from employment problems, health problems or family problems.   It’s not what you need during the busiest year of your life but I’ve

Michelin Star Mayor

I’m dedicated to this blog.   I go out of my way to bring you interesting things. Recently, I went on a serious research trip to gather important information just for you.   I went to The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.   I can tell you’re impressed. You’re the discerning type, you know that

What do you do if you go blank on stage?

  You’re in the middle of your speech and then…   Disaster, you go blank. What do you do? Panic? Run off stage? Spout something you do remember like twinkle, twinkle little star?   Maybe not, find out my strategies by watching this video.

The speaking cake

Is your speech more interesting than the catering?   I was at an event recently and the catering was very distracting. I was trying to concentrate on the civic leader’s speech, but there was cake!   It’s hard trying to pay attention to a very average speaker when there is some very good cake on

Are you cheating?

  Life’s not fair. Other mayors have more skills that you. Other council chairs have more contacts than you. Other civic leaders receive more support than you.   They’re using their unfair advantage. They’re cheating. Why aren’t you?

Sebastian Field: Mayor of the Month

The Singing Mayor.   Some called him The Singing Mayor because he’s a professional singer. Some called him that because he sang at many of his charity events.   Not me. I call him The Singing Mayor because he spent the year singing Gloucester’s praises.   With his wife Vicki, also a professional singer, as

1st citizen 1st impression

When you’re mayor or council chair you often only have one year to achieve your aims.   You don’t have a second chance at being a first citizen. So you need to make it count. Just like first impressions. You only have one shot at it.   And if you want to be a good

The Chain

A word from the chair   “An aspirational vision of a society in which talent is celebrated, creativity is nurtured and each person is valued.” Naomi Long former Lord Mayor of Belfast   Maybe the National Network for Civic Leaders isn’t quite a society but we should be an aspirational organisation. Just as we should

When does the County Council Chair have precedence?

I love it when you ask questions. But I love it even more when you ask follow up questions.   In response to my video about the District Council Chair’s precedence I was asked to clarify how the County Council Chair fits into the pantheon of civic leaders.   Here are my thoughts.